Rome is rich with markets of every type, food and not, traditional or more modern. Lets discover together six actual district, loved by both tourists and locals of the Capital. Lets’s start with the “Mercato Centrale“, which is found in the zone of Termini which has a seating capacity of 500. In this area, dedicated esclusively to food, was inaugurated in 2016 and open to the public every day from 8.00 am to 12.00 am . Here, close to Termini station, and important junction of the capitol city, you can find 15 workshops which offers the most divers culinary specialities: Bread, Focacce, sweets, meats, fresh fish, shellfish, salumi, cheeses, pasta, pizza, suppli, kebab, gelato, traditional Sicilian cuisine and Hamburger of Chianina, wines, mushrooms, truffles and much more… A variety of flavours that cannot, not satisfy the fans whom have a passion for gourmet, even vegetarians and vegans, who here can find dishes dedicated to their tastes. The artisans of the taste of the Mercato Centrale are placed in an area covering 1900 square metres placed around Cappa Mazzoniana, an example of visionary architecture designed by Agiolo Mazzoni in the thirties on a wing of the Termini station and providing high quality products.
Let’s now move on to the new “Mercato Comunale di Testaccio“, inaugurated in 2012 and open from Monday to Saturday from 7.00 am to 3.30 pm. This business area covers an area of 5000 square metres, of which 2000 are occupied by public and financial services. The numbers of the Nuovo Mercato di Testaccio are cosiderable: 103 commercial spaces, underground car-park which can accomodate 270 cars; an area of 7000 square metres rich in archaeological remainds, open to the public periodically. At the Market there are classic food banks, but not only: Here the customers can buy shoes, bags, socks, clothing, underwear, used books, flowers, household goods, etc… The cuisine is varied: Fruits, vegies, sausages, meat, fish, “picchiapò” ( a recipe to reuse the cuts of meats used to make stock), hand made pasta, cannelloni ravioli, gnocchi, Kamut, Bio and zero Km products, bread, salads, fruits salads, centrifughes… Must try the sandwhich “l’allesso” (Roman term for boiled), a firm belief that there is nothing better for the lunch break, thanks to fresh soft bread, happy to welcome within themselves strong decisive flavours whith a crisp and reccognisable taste. Equally unique are the tasty meat-ball or tripe sandwhiches.
Lets continue our tour with the “Mercatino delle pulci” famous and known all over Italy, the market of “Porta Portese“ which is held every sunday in Trastevere from 6.00 am to 2.00 pm. Its origins dates back to 1945 and from then on is famous for its characteristic colors, for its sound, for its folklore and because it offers any type of junk: books, antiques, indian silver, toys, disks, counterfeit clothing, shoes, furniture, vintage postcards, etc. At “Porta Portese” market you can immerse yourself in mixed atmosphere of bazaar and typically roman market where you can find an unimaginable objects.
Another place that is very picturesque which take you back in time is the “Mercato di Campo dei Fiori“. It’s in fact the oldest market of Rome (It’s dates back to 1869) and is open from monday to saturday from 6am to 2pm. Here you can admire stalls which are multi-coloured with diverse traditional Roman Specialities, meat, fish, poultry, rice, vegies (especially the famous Roman artichokes, broccoli and spinach), fruit, spices, legumes, nuts, flowers,… a real pleasure for the eyes and palate. Surrounding the market you can find numerous bars, bakeries, gastronomies that allow you to complete your spending.
Lets close our brief excursion with a very particular reality, the “Mercato Vintage of Monti district“ at Via Leonina (Leonina street). Here in “Rione Monti” (little district Monti) a short walk from the Colosseum, you can find small stands and stalls that sell modern objects with retro features, clothing items and “london style”, vintage, crafts, collectibles, vinyl records, original jewelry, belts, handmade handbags, designer items, curious decoration objects, etc. The “Mercato Monti” offers possibilities to young creatives and craftsmen to show off their work. It is open Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 8pm (excluding the month of August).